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    • Thirty Four Cosmetic Companies Sued Over “Organic” LabelsJune 22nd, 2011

      By Riëtte van Laack – Although there are currently no federal standards governing the labeling of organic cosmetics, cosmetic products sold in California are subject to the California Organic Products Act of 2003 (“COPA”).  Under this law, cosmetics labeled or represented as "organic" must contain at …

    • Congressional Leaders Request FDA to Issue Voluntary Recall of Brazilian Blowout and Other Hair Smoothing Products Containing FormaldehydeMay 11th, 2011

      By Cassandra A. Soltis – In a May 6, 2011, letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “the Agency”), 10 congressional leaders requested the Agency to “take immediate action” against Brazilian Blowout Solution, Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, and …

    • Rep. Schakowsky Introduces Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010; Bill Would Increase Regulation of CosmeticsJuly 21st, 2010

      By Kurt R. Karst –    Earlier this week, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), along with Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), introduced H.R. 5786, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.  The bill would significantly change the regulatory structure of cosmetics in the U.S., …

    • A Bigger, Bolder FDAGAFebruary 8th, 2009

      By Ricardo Carvajal & Susan J. Matthees –       The FDA Globalization Act (“FDAGA”) of 2008 was “meant to stimulate discussion about how to provide adequate funding and authority for FDA to ensure safety” of products over which the agency has jurisdiction.  When we commented on …

    • FDLI Update Article Discusses State and Federal Enforcement Actions Against Cosmetics CompaniesSeptember 21st, 2008

      The latest FDLI Update “Enforcement Corner” article by Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. discusses the fact that government entities, including FDA, are taking enforcement actions against companies that market cosmetics and cosmetic-like products.  The article highlights recent enforcement actions in this area, and also notes …

    • FDA Globalization Act of 2008: Fees, Fees, and More FeesApril 18th, 2008

      Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a Discussion Draft of the "Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2008."  The “Discussion Draft is meant to stimulate discussion about how to provide adequate funding and authority for FDA to ensure …

    • Why FDA Currently Can’t Require “Nanotech” Labeling on CosmeticsApril 17th, 2008

      Recently, calls have been mounting for FDA to require manufacturers of cosmetics to highlight the presence in their products of what are variously referred to as “nanomaterials,” “nanoingredients,” and “nanoscale materials,” among other descriptors. The objective of this requirement would be to enable consumers to …